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May 17, 2011

House Votes - H.R. 1231: Reversing Offshore Moratorium

H.Res. 257: Providing for consideration of H.R. 1231

On Ordering the Previous Question
Passed by 62 votes: 241-179, 11 not voting

On Passage
Passed by 64 votes: 243-179, 9 not voting

H.R. 1231: Reversing President Obama's Offshore Moratorium Act
To amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to require that each 5-year offshore oil and gas leasing program offer leasing in the areas with the most prospective oil and gas resources, to establish a domestic oil and natural gas production goal, and for other purposes.


H.Amdt. 281 by Rep. Connolly [D-VA11]
An amendment numbered 2 printed in House Report 112-74 to clarify that new offshore drilling would not conflict with military operations.
Failed 193-228, 10 not voting

H.Amdt. 282 by Rep. Markey [D-MA7]
An amendment numbered 3 printed in House Report 112-74 to require that new 5-year leasing plans require that companies bidding on new leases first renegotiate any royalty-free leases they own; thus raising more than $2 billion over 10 years.
Failed 189-238, 4 not voting

H.Amdt. 283 by Rep. Keating [D-MA10]
An amendment numbered 4 printed in House Report 112-74 to require the Secretary to make public information about the lessee's executive bonuses from the most recent quarter.
Failed 186-240, 5 not voting

H.Amdt. 284 by Rep. Tsongas [D-MA5]
An amendment numbered 5 printed in House Report 112-74 to require that all applicants for a drilling permit under a lease issued under H.R. 1231 would have to submit a worst-case scenario oil spill containment and clean-up plan.
Failed 195-223, 13 not voting

H.Amdt. 285 by Rep. Brown [D-FL3]
An amendment numbered 6 printed in House Report 112-74 to make permanent the current moratorium on drilling in the eastern gulf of Mexico that expires in 2022.
Failed 134-279, 18 not voting

H.Amdt. 286 by Rep. Thompson [D-CA1]
An amendment numbered 7 printed in House Report 112-74 to clarify that the legislation does not allow for oil and gas drilling on the northern coast of California.
Failed 156-263, 12 not voting

H.Amdt. 287 by Rep. Inslee [D-WA1]
An amendment numbered 8 printed in House Report 112-74 to require the Washington state Governor and legislature approve any leasing of the Outer Continental Shelf off of Washington state.
Failed 160-256, 15 not voting

On Motion to Recommit with Instructions
Failed 180-243, 8 not voting

On Passage
Passed 243-179, 9 not voting

House Votes to Lift Drilling Moratorium
On Thursday, May 12, the United States House of Representatives voted 243 to 179 to lift the offshore oil drilling moratorium. The bill could allow further oil and gas exploration in American oceans.

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